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Farming is a gathering artisan profession.[2][3]

The way farming complements what would be in-the-wild gathering is these are more specific applications of returns: These are timed returns that you can have, leveraging essentially the Freehold system and the areas of that. Now once you have collected that farmed material, that's when you process it into a craftable material or you can take it directly through some of the farming professions into a consumable item, whether that be through Cooking or through Alchemy or any types of those things.[2]Steven Sharif

Freehold farms

Alpha-1 freehold farm.[5]

Crops are intended in Ashes to be a rotational profession that is dependent on having the appropriate seedlings and/or any of the necessary tools.[6]Steven Sharif

Freehold expansions and upgrades are available as node progression allows. Some of these improvements affects the size of freehold farm plots available for crop planting.[7]

  • Artisan freehold features are also affected by adjacent terrain features. For example: building next to a river provides a nearby source of clean freshwater, and will have a positive effect on crops.[8]


Alpha-1 Fishery on a freehold plot.[5]

You actually see there a small pond, which is actually another type of farmable area that we're going to have available on the freehold system, which is essentially a fishery so to speak. So you know fish play an important role from a raw gatherables a standpoint, but also again because a lot of the components of the freehold system are intended to be processing of raw materials, you know the fishery allows for a focus on specific type of fish gatherables that may only be gathered through the fishery blueprint.[6]Steven Sharif

A fishery is a farmable area that can be placed on a freehold plot. A fishery allows gathering of fish that are unique to the fishery blueprint.[6]

Farmhands and NPC assistance

Based on node type and progression, players will be able to hire NPCs to work as farmhands on their freehold farms. Players will be able to command these farmhands online in-game as well as offline via an application (mobile app) or web interface.[9][10]

  • Crop rotation management.
  • Plant or harvest specific crops.
  • Sell food or crops.



Players may grow crops in the garden sections of their player housing.[12][13]

Farmable crops have applications beyond basic food items.[14]

There won't be a breeding/genetic modification mechanic associated with crops.[4]


Farmable livestock.[3][13]

Cooking ingredients

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Livestock (and crops) are used to provide ingredients:[3]

Seasonal resources

Seasons affect the crops (resources) available for planting as well as how crop rotation is managed.[15][16]

Underrealm resources

Resources will be different in the Underrealm.[17]

  • This will affect Farming and Animal husbandry professions.
  • Since players may only have one Freehold, they must choose their Artisan specializations accordingly if they wish to place it in the Underrealm.

See also